Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wreaths Across America

                       Vice-Regent Carol Jutte places a wreath on a grave of a fallen soldier.
 L to R: Annetta Clark, Diana Fotinatos, Martha Koletar, Fran Carlsen and Cathy Rafferty

Today, December 17, 2016 at the National Cemetery in Wilmington, NC, Daughters of the American Revolutionary War Brunswick Town Chapter passed out Christmas Wreaths that were placed on graves of Veterans. It was a wonderful and patriotic experience! Thank you Veterans!

In 2015 there were 2,015 wreaths placed on the graves of our fallen men. This year 2016 there were 3,072 wreaths placed on the graves. That means 1,057 more wreaths were purchased this year. Our chapter is responsible for 84 of the wreaths sold this year. Go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ and click donate. Then click Sponsor a Wreath at a Local Cemetery. Ours is Wilmington National Cemetery. Type in cemetery or group. Our group is Brunswick Town DAR Chapter our Fundraising Group ID is NC0009P. Put that number in and our chapter will earn $5.00 for every $15.00 spent towards the purchase of a wreath. With the monies our chapter earns every penny is spent towards our Veterans.

If each person bought one wreath last year and would buy 5 wreaths this year we would reach our goal so much faster. What I have been finding is there are people who will write out a check for 4-7 wreaths and some people even more. I have started to buy a wreath to honor people and have bought wreaths "In Memory of ." I designed a sheet in Microsoft Word with information about Wilmington Cemetery with the name of the person I was honoring and indicated my  husband and my name on it. I then printed it out and mailed it to relatives of these people in a large manila envelop. I enclosed a personal note to these people. So, now in January of 2017 I already have 2 forms designed and I just need to go on the website and order the wreaths for next year, which will be on December 16, 2017. If anyone would like me to send them the information that I put on my sheet you can reach me at golfwilson@ec.rr.com.   You need to download your own background photo or purchase patriotic paper.

Phyllis Wilson
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